Mariana Luna — Freelance
Mariana is a Mexican designer who is passionate about new technologies that enrich the way humans experience the world. …
I wasn't really into drawing or animation when I was growing up, I think only around high school I started to draw more. I was bullied throughout school so I had a lot of time to myself to practice drawing.
I couldn't afford proper drawing classes so I helped out a mum of a friend who was a life drawing teacher with some upholstering projects and she paid me in drawing lessons. She was an interior designer as her full-time job so I got to help out and hang out in her house and studio, full or art books and design mags I borrowed. Being in that environment really showed me there is a viable career path in art and I might enjoy it.
I wake up around 7, leave the house to hitch a busy train to Old Street, where Animade HQ is. I get there a bit before 9 to say hello to other early comers and make myself a coffee.
The workday itself usually starts with meetings to catch up on the project that's currently being worked at, catch up to speed with the schedule and any client changes. Talk through next steps with the creative director and the team. After that just a lot of screen time in Adobe software of choice until lunch. More screen time after that and maybe another meeting.
After wrapping up the day at the studio I go home, make a big dinner and maybe play a video game or if I'm really lazy just watch Vimeo or youtube. Some days I stay a bit later in the studio and draw a character design or plan a short animated gif.
I try to keep my hand on the pulse of what is going on in the animation industry and new talent that emerges from it. There are some amazing blogs and magazines out now that were not there about 5 years ago. It's amazing to see the high fidelity but also fun experiments in design and animation that's a bit more out there.Wine After Coffee It's Nice That Computer Arts Magazine
I like when animation can fit into our daily lives in some way. Buck recently did a great job making a stickers app with some lush designs and animation. The Junction from Red Bull Music Academy is a great showcase when artists are given relative freedom to produce the best work that they can and it shines through.Red Bull Music Academy - The Junction SlapStick App
I think adapting a style that a client has an idea of in their head for a project but at the same time giving it an Animade flare can be challenging.
I'm still learning how to talk to the client about what steps were taken to arrive at a certain style frame and why it would fit their business messaging and feel. Doing a 9-6 full time for almost 5 years can be mentally challenging sometimes as I don't have the flexibility of a freelance person and that can really wear down on you.
Stay humble, grasp every opportunity to learn something new, never stop developing in that sense, with design and animation especially learning never truly stops.
Learn to take feedback, even when it seems harsh. Learn to gauge people's reactions when you show them a of work in progress, this can be hard but gets better and easier the more you do it and might take your work to the next level.
Check me out rambling on a podcast if you want to know a bit more about the motion life.
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